April 28th, 2010
10:57 AM ET

We can't afford to be cynical about deficits

John P. Avlon
CNN Contributor

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America is facing trillion dollar deficits and unprecedented national debt. The Tea Party movement has channeled populist anger at out-of-control Washington spending and generational theft.

Now a bipartisan deficit reduction panel has begun to propose solutions to these urgent problems - but official Washington's response seems to be a collective roll of the eyes. Talk about a profile in cynicism.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Economy • John P. Avlon
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  1. Brenda Anderson

    Bipartisan deficit compromises will, at some point, become imperative. Obviously many argue that's now. At some point, the deficit must be decreased or we will go into national bankruptcy. I don't even know what that would politically look like. What will likely happen is that incumbents will not be re-elected if cynicism continues.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:28 am |